Safety in our Schools
The Grande Prairie Public School Division is committed to schools that are safe and secure places for learning. With safety as a priority for our Division, GPPSD has developed an Emergency Protocols to effectively deal with emergency or crisis situation that may arise in our schools.
The plan works in conjunction with other local emergency plans and could include the involvement of numerous community agencies. The plans created for individual schools, along with the Division plan, are reviewed annually and after an emergency situation occurs.
Below are some terms you and your family should become familiar with:
LOCK-DOWN Used for threat of violence incident
• All internal and external doors and windows are locked and secured
• Staff and students requested to keep quiet and take cover away from windows,
doors and out of sight lines
• No one is allowed in or out of classrooms or the building, under any circumstance
HOLD AND SECURE When security threat or criminal activity is outside and/or unrelated to the school
• Exterior doors and windows are locked
• Class continues to be in session
• No one allowed in or out of the building
SHELTER-IN-PLACE Used to direct and control movement inside the school building when It is safer to remain
inside and/or there is no threat of violence (door locking is not required)
• No one is allowed to leave designated area until ALL-CLEAR or without permission
Examples: severe weather or air quality incidents
Used when it is safer to be outside the building than inside. Follows prearranged routes
and exits but exit with caution
• All students are instructed to proceed to Student Assembly Area/Muster Point
• Cannot return to building until ALL-CLEAR is provided by first responders
Used during incidents related to potential structural damage or falling/flying debris
(Examples: earthquakes, tornadoes, explosions)
• Requested to: drop under desk/sturdy table, get down onto knees and curl chest-onto knees, one hand behind neck and put head down with face between knees
To see the full Emergency Procedure Guide for Parents and Guardians click the link below.
In the event of an emergency, we request parents respect to the following:
- DO NOT call the school: We understand and respect your concern, but it is essential that the telephone system be available for emergency communications.
- DO NOT call or text your child's cellphone: Please do not call or text your child's cell phone, as this may impair emergency communications and, in some cases, may place your child at risk.
- DO NOT come to the school until instructed to do so: It may be necessary to keep the streets and parking lot clear for emergency vehicles. If evacuation is required, students may be transported to a location away from the school. You will be notified of this through the District Communication Department via the community hotline, district website, social media and the media.
- If you arrive at the school in the midst of an emergency, please respect the protocol in progress. While we understand personal circumstances or initial reactions might move you to do something contrary to the school's established procedures, we cannot compromise the safety of students or staff to accommodate individual requests that could put anyone at risk.